• Lake Martin 50, Lake Martin 100, Southeastern Trail Runs, Lake Martin, David Tosch, DNF ultra marathon, ultra running, trail running, Alabama trail running, five stages of grief in trail running
    50 Miler Training,  Race Reports,  Running,  Trail Running,  Ultra Training

    Anatomy of a DNF – Lake Martin 50 Race Recap

    Why am I so bad at race reports? Why don’t I just admit that they’re the worst to write and just abandon them? Because my Type A personality won’t let them go, dammit! So I’ll continue to be a slave to my blog. This Lake Martin 50 race report will be a stream-of-consciousness post, so roll with me here. My old race report is much more useful. Lake Martin 100/50/27 is a fantastic race. If you’ve considered running it but haven’t yet, do it! The course is a pleasant mix of rolling (read: hilly) single track and red clay jeep roads. It’s scenic and not technical and the perfect place to…

  • How to Pack for an Ultramarathon, ultra running drop bags, what to bring to an ultra marathon, trail running, ultra running,
    100 Miler Training,  50 Miler Training,  50k Training,  Running,  Ultra Training

    What to Pack for an Ultra Marathon

    The unofficial kickoff to trail running season is only a few days away in the Deep South. Birmingham has the Oak Mountain 50k, and Alabama’s first 100 of the year (and 50 and 27-mile “fun run”) will be at Lake Martin. So, basically, this weekend we will have ALL THE ULTRAS! With a new racing season come new ultra runners who are probably trying to soak up every ounce of advice they can. Or at least that’s how I was. After a few years of trial-and-error and “Oh shit, I forgot X” and “Ugh, why did I bring Y,” I feel like I have my ultra packing list pretty much set…

  • road running versus trail running, how to become a trail runner, how to run an ultra marathon, Heidi Kumm, runaroundroo, trail running, ultra running, Birmingham Ultra Trail Society, Southeastern Trail Series,
    Running,  Trail Running,  Ultra Training

    The Exodus from the Road to the Trails

    I’ve noticed a recent phenomenon that I feel compelled to address, because it’s a topic near and dear to my heart. And because I have an opinion about everything. But it may sound like I’m being an elitist bitch (if the running shoe fits…), so I brought my Colorado-based ultra running superstar runabler, Heidi, into the fray for a slightly different perspective. Warning: we’re both talkers – snag some coffee before settling in! There appears to be a mass exodus from the roads to the trails. More importantly, there seems to be a significant increase in the number of runners wanting to do ultra marathons. Which is great! There is always room…

  • Mercedes Marathon, Mercedes-Benz Marathon Weekend, urban trails, ultra road running, Mercedes race recap
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    Mercedes (Ultra) Marathon Race Recap

    I have been struggling to write a recap for the Mercedes Marathon, because this race was unlike any other I have run. When people have asked how it went, I’ve just stared blankly and said, “Uh, interesting?” What I’m going to do is divide my experience into two posts to make this easier on us all—The Race and The Incident. Today, you can read about how I turned Mercedes into a 30-mile training run. Tomorrow, if you make it through my disclaimers, you can read about The Incident. Darnell and I signed up for the Mercedes Marathon with the intention of using it as a very long training run to…

  • Mountain Mist 50k, Monte Santo State Park, Huntsville, Huntsville trail running, trail running, ultra running, Alabama 50k,
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    Mountain Mist 50K Race Recap

    Mountain Mist 50k—my first ultra of 2016 is in the bag! And boy, was it one hell of a race! The weekend turned out to be epic, and that’s no exaggeration. Northern Alabama got the sloppy seconds of Winter Storm Jonas, dumping a whopping inch an a half of ice and snow all over our parade. Which is laughable for the majority of the U.S., but brings Alabama to a grinding halt. The roads became an ice rink, forcing the city to postpone the race a day. This is where I have to pause my upcoming rambles and give a huge thanks to Dink, the race director, and all the volunteers who fought…

  • Bearly Ultra, Birmingham Ultra Trail Society, BUTS, Red Mountain Park, trail running, ultra running
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    Bearly Ultra Race Recap

    Ah, the Bearly Ultra. The name says it all. The time I was bearly recovered enough from Pinhoti to actually try and run fast. The day I bearly survived because it was unseasonably hot. The race I bearly finished. (See what I’m doing here?) I signed up for the race on a whim—my friends asked me to run on their relay team, Cougars and the Kitten. You can’t say no to running on a relay team, especially if there are costumes involved! I had originally planned to run all 27 miles (run my leg and then keep running) for the fun of it, but quickly changed my plan when I saw the temperatures.…